I wrote this piece for SavvyTokyo awhile back, but now that all the new stores are open and shining brightly, it seemed necessary to share for all the Tokyo fall shoppers out there. Feel free to pick me up any luxury omiyage, I really am not that picky :)
Window Shopping Just Got 10X Cooler
Omotesando and Aoyama are two of the biggest shopping destinations in Tokyo, housing top fashion labels and unique building designs by renowned architects. The neighborhood already shines bright as is, but now the Champs Elysee inspired street is drawing even more of the world’s leading fashion brands to bedazzle the sidewalks with massive storefronts, attracting new demographics and reaping the benefits of considerable foot traffic.
Major fashion houses such as Givenchy, Balenciaga Alexander McQueen, Celine, and Zadig and Voltaire have opened this Summer, upping the ante and putting Tokyo on the exclusive list of retail shops around the world. So whether you are admiring the visual merchandising as a window shopper or forking over the big bucks for today’s top designers, the glamorous stores are worthy of a tour. After your fashion fever cools down a bit you may possibly feel inclined to stand in line for some Kukuruza popcorn or Max Brenner chocolate fondue that seem to be all the rage.
Located in the ONE Omotesando building, the three-story store was designed after its flagship in Paris on rue Faubourg Saint-Honoré. The French luxury house planted roots at the mouth of Omotesando dori, opening just a couple months ago. The Tokyo store is currently the only one in Japan and is part of a 26-store retail expansion in Asia.
Address: ONE OMOTESANDO 3-5-29 KITA-AOYAMA, MINATO-KU,
Celine: RENEWAL OPEN
Céline is also located in the ONE Omotesando building, adjacent to the Givenchy store. The only Celine flagship store in Japan resides in Omotesando. To celebrate the renewal of the two-story boutique, a limited collection of bags and leather goods will be available to the public. Python leather designs from Céline’s upcoming fall collection will be released exclusively at this location including the widely popular travel tote.
Address: 3-5-29 Kita-aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Neighboring Balenciaga in Aoyama, Alexander McQueen is currently under construction. Positioned closely to the iconic Prada building the large storefront will be opening soon.
Address: 5-1-3 Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku (Aoyama)
Zadig and Voltaire
Zadig and Voltaire
The French fashion label already has a presence in Tokyo, but a new shop opened this Summer in Aoyama making it’s casual chic, ready-to-wear more available for the brand’s fans in Japan.
Address: Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku, 5-5-4